Master Q 2001
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Herman Yau.

It seemed like such a great idea. Take some of Hong Kong's old and beloved comic characters, then do the WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT treatment on them and have them interact with stars like Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung. Only in Hong Kong would they then decide to drop them into a triads and cops film. The mundane plot concerns the star lovers getting into an accident and losing their memories. The comic heroes, Master Q and Potato, help them remember who they are and reunite. Only trouble is, it's supposed to be a comedy but it just isn't funny. The antics of our heroes could not even elicit a chuckle. They were interesting characters, to be sure, but not funny. That's the trouble with favorite old comic characters. Nostalgia drives them on more than anything else. Imagine if comic strips BEETLE BAILEY or BLONDIE were given a similar treatment in the U.S. It would probably have the same result: not funny. But fans of the strip would revel in it anyway, and I presume that is how MASTER Q 2001 was received in Hong Kong.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 14, 2004.

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